Salida Colorado is one of the top 10 best kept secrets for small resort towns, according to Outdoor Magazine. The most common word we get from people to describe Salida is "charming". Salida has maintained its charm as a resort town because the "resort" part was an after thought. It's origins revolved around the railroad and gold mining. However, with only a population of 9610, the area boasts a downhill ski resort, Monarch Mountain, destination white water with some of the best guides in the state, gold rated fishing on the Arkansas and more.
Our best kept secret is our community of 4th generation Italians. They came from a valley remarkably similar in Italy to work in the mines and railroad. Consequently our restaurants, delis, music and love for good wine is a central part of our local culture.
Today, Salida Colorado is a mecca for those who enjoy the outdoors; namely mountain biking, downhill skiing, White Water Sports and Fly Fishing on the headwaters of the Arkansas River, hiking, trail riding and more. Salida has 25 art galleries and vendors in a town of 9,610 people. The town is brimming with local musicians, artists, and actors...all drawn to the beauty of the area. Salida is known as the playground and vacation spot for the Front Range, including Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs.
Furthermore, Salida Colorado is not a stand alone town. It is surrounded by other small towns, including Buena Vista, Nathrop, Howard, Coaldale, Cotopaxi, Westcliffe and Villa Grove. Canon City is about 1 hour away. All these towns have widely varying prices and terrain so click on the town link to get to know it more!